This last week of training was about putting in work when the conditions were not ideal. This included some workouts in windy conditions as well as working through fatigue by doing long runs after full work days of being on my feet. To give you an example, during a typical workday, I may end up walking approximately 9 miles, so any day like that could tire someone out. My purpose after days like these have been to go for a long run afterwards, and I make it especially challenging and get some hills involved, working on my uphill and downhill practice. In my opinion, this can closely simulate how my body might be feeling towards the end of a marathon when you experience that final stretch where you either make it or break it.
The point of all this is to learn how to work through being tired and fatigued much like at the end of a race. Finishing strong is always the desired result and I have faced challenges with finishing like one of my races in Oregon in 2013 and last year at Boston. The only way I know how to get better during the last stretch of a marathon is to practice working through equally tough scenarios.
With this strategy comes the importance of recovery. This is utilizing active recovery, nutrition and having the right equipment. All of it matters as we begin to push the limits.